Glencorse

Location type

Station


Names and dates

Glencross (1877-1877)
Glencorse (1877-1933)

Opened on the Glencorse Extension (Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway).


Description

This station was the terminus of the Glencorse Extension (Edinburgh, Loanhead and Roslin Railway). It was on the Glencorse Estate built alongside Glencorse Barracks and west of Auchendinny. The barracks was a military prison dating from 1803, becoming a barracks in 1875.

With the modern expansion of Penicuik it is described as being the most distant of the Penicuik stations but, when opened, it was about a mile and a half away. Perhaps more convenient than Penicuik [1st] station on the Peebles Railway which was about half a mile away to the south, involving crossing the valley of the River North Esk.

Glencorse station had a single platform, with simple station building, on a loop. The platform was on the east side of the line, the barracks and road side. To the south was a goods yard, on the east side, approached from the south. A tramway, on the west side, connected a siding on the west side of the line to Greenlaw Colliery.

The line continued south as a mineral line to serve Mauricewood Pit, Penicuik Gas Works and Eastfield Colliery (north of Shottstown, Penicuik).

The station closed to passengers in 1933 and the line south was cut back to form a headshunt for the goods yard in 1956. The line closed completely in 1959, cut back to Roslin Colliery. Military specials had continued to Glencorse right up until closure in 1959.

A long portion of platform survives, a railway cottage and the base of a crane in the goods yard.


Tags

Station terminus

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map
NLS Map





Dates

01/05/1933Edinburgh Loanhead and Roslin Railway
Glencorse to Millerhill closed to passengers.